Call me crazy...

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February 21, 2010

Shirt: H&M
Tank: Gap
Shorts: Gap
Shoes: Havaianas (Nordstrom Rack)
Bag: Matt & Nat (a gift)

But I call it dedication. Feeling exceedingly defeated in my fight with a chronic skin issue, I just felt a little too unsightly to step in front of the camera for outfit photos. After days of staying out of the sun and ocean, I couldn’t resist the lure of the beach (hi, I can hear the waves from my house!) and decided to spend the last few hours of sunlight at the beach watching my boyfriend surf and snapping some photos. Sitting there I realized that so many of the things stressing me were out of my control, but feeling disappointed about skipping outfit photos wasn’t one of them. So, I snapped a few shots of the details that made up this outfit without showing much skin. This was apparently hilarious to the drunken tourists sitting near me, who not only stared but also pointed at me…that lead to an outburst of nervous laughter on my part, reaffirming their suspicions that I was crazy.

By the time you read this I will be the midst of a crazy weekend visa run back in the States! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Week in Photos: February 14 - February 21

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Sole Mates: Psychedelically Pretty

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Nine West Facinate Flats
MINKPINK Nothing But Static Shirt (available at Urban Outfitters)
Forever 21 Patent Belt
Toy Watch Neon Plasteramic Watch
Banana Republic Leggings

I am seriously obsessed with these flats! Do they remind anyone else of the psychedelic prints and colors from the Spring 2010 Proenza Schouler collection? Taking inspiration from the playful brand, I’d pair these shoes with a top in a similar print (made even cooler with an asymmetrical hem), a neon watch and skinny belt, and a pair of leggings. To finish it off, I would throw on my favorite Ray Bans and my shiny, teal Marc by Marc Jacobs bag (both seen here).

My birthday is just around the corner…just saying.

Goodbye Friend, Hello Ice Cream

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February 19, 2011

Tank: Michael Stars (Nordstrom)
Skirt: J. Crew
Belt: Gap
Shoes: Dolce Vita (Urban Outfitters)
Necklace: Sloan Boutique (Portland, OR)
Sunglasses: Ray Bans (borrowed from the boyfriend)
Food Baby: c/o the two amazing quesadillas topped with a double scoop cup of homemade ice cream I had just before outfit pictures

Whew, what a week. It was a crazy, one person in and one person out fun-filled time that left me exhausted. Last weekend I said “hasta luego” to the boyfriend as he headed to the States on a short visa run. Never one to miss an opportunity for a girls’ weekend, we planned his departure to overlap with the arrival of my good friend, Leana. Well, Kate wasn’t going to let us have all that fun without her, so she decided to fly back down for a few days (even though she was just here a few weeks ago)!  After a wild girls’ night and another trip on a boat named the Chica Loca, the boyfriend returned and two days later Kate left. By the time Saturday rolled around, it was time to say goodbye to Leana…and I hate goodbyes, which explains the food baby. (Did I hear someone say “emotional eater”? Whatever. I felt better after that ice cream.)

This skirt is old…so old that I really can’t remember when I bought it. I found it while packing up my house in Portland. It looked nothing like what I was wearing at the time, but I thought the light fabric and shape might suit the warmer temperatures of Mexico. I’ve been staring at it for months now and finally decided to figure out what to do with it. The length is not the most flattering for my body, so I decided to hike it up a bit and belt it. A streamlined and simple white tank balanced the flowy bottom, and I threw on my wishbone necklace. I would normally opt for wedges with a longer skirt, but alas dirt roads and wedges are a dangerous combination for a girl with bad ankles so sandals it was. In a way this look felt very classic Americana and a bit ladylike: two aesthetics I don’t often find myself gravitating towards!

I have to admit that after spending pretty much no time on the Internet last week, I feel very behind in blogs. I didn’t even realize that my post on body image was included in the IFB Links a La Mode until Saturday! So, tell me, what’s going on with you?

Links à la Mode: IFB Weekly Roundup, February 17th, 2011

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I am beyond flattered to be included in this week's roundup with so many bloggers who I admire!

Fashion Week's  Inspirations

Edited by Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista

During  the midst of New York Fashion Week, fashion took another direction.  Beyond the beauty of an artist’s creation, fashion bloggers take their  inspirations to raise questions, reflect, challenge the status quo,  create and fashion pieces of their own, and analyze the trends in  digital and social media- nevertheless, fashion inspired. With this  inspiration comes an eclectic look into this week’s Links a la mode.

Links à la Mode:  February 17th, 2011

  • Alterations Needed: Getting a dress altered - before, after, and the thought process in between.
  • Beyond Fabric: Embracing a more stylish ride
  • Brunette Blogging: Blog Seasons - How different seasons have an impact on your blog
  • College Girl:  Liberty London Girl spares her time to answer some in depth questions  about her blogging experiences and gives amateur bloggers some  exceptional advice in the process...
  • Dressing With Courage: Valentine's Day lingerie: Take back the sexy
  • Fashion Writes:  Let's Get Digital. Digital. Women are small in numbers in the  always-enhancing and ever-evolving tech side of the fashion industry,  but we as fashion bloggers are going to begin skewing the curves.
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: A blogger's moment with Anna Wintour at Milk Studios
  • Katrya-Kyla: "Print vs Video: The Industry's New Plan of Attack"
  • Khola's Kloset: Looking Back: The models and images that made fashion special
  • Lariza da Blog: my struggle with the vanity of fashion blogging:
  • Metallic Kiwi: Top black models emerging within the industry.
  • Most Serene Rabbit:  Is there really such thing as ethical leather? Why is there a double  standard when it comes to ethics In the fur and leather industries?
  • Previously Owned: BEHIND THE GLITZ- Q&A with designer Carolina Rodriguez about her food/fashion/music inspiration
  • Same Sensibility: Rihanna just ruined your Valentine's
  • Scrap and Run: Why I remix
  • Seamstress Stories: High heels yay, headscarf nay? Double standards in the symbolic value assigned to female clothing.
  • Style by Santina: My "Happy" Weight: When the Body and Brain Disagree
  • The Button Owl: Why your creative space identifies the real you just as much as your outer image.
  • The Coveted:Running into Anna Dello Russo at NYFW
  • The Curvy Fashionista: “DIY Diva” inspiration with Be Vain or DIY Trying
  • The Demoiselles: Crystal Renn on body image and pressure from the media.


Shopbop @ NYFW: Rag & Bone, Parker, Derek Lam, Rachel Pally, 3.1 Phillip Lim, CKU, Pencey, James Perse, Madewell

Week in Photos: January 30 - February 6

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Sole Mates: Spring in My Step

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 After a few weeks of featuring towering heels, I thought it was time to take it back down to some even ground with these fresh Forever 21 oxfords. The floral print not only makes these a perfect choice for spring but also adds a delicate feminine touch to this menswear inspired style. To build a look around these beauties, I would pair this dreamy tulle skirt with a faded denim shirt and a masculine belt.

And for under $25, how can you resist starting spring with some flowers on your feet?

Change Your Clothes, Change Your Attitude

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February 10, 2011

Tank: Ella Moss (Anthropologie)
Skirt: Forever 21
Belt: Forever 21
Bracelet: H&M (San Francisco)
Shoes: Dolce Vita (Urban Outfitters)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

As I mentioned in my last outfit post, I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, and I allowed myself to wallow for long enough. The days of lazing around the house in cutoffs and a tee while avoiding outfit pics and chowing down on Wild Berry Skittles were over…well, maybe not the Skittles part.

As I looked in my closet for a bit of inspiration, this green ruffled tank jumped out at me. I had a hot date (with my boyfriend) later on in the evening to watch the Celtics vs. Lakers game, and a little green was a perfect way to show some Celtics pride. (Those of you who have read Style by Santina for a while now might remember some other Celtics inspired looks.) I considered a few skirts before deciding on this black and white striped one…what can I say? Stripes always seem to win any debate in my head.

I’d be lying if I said this cheery outfit didn’t lift my spirits…even as I watched my Celtics lose. How do you deal with a funk? Do you cut yourself some slack for a few days or do you will yourself into a better mood by wearing a look you love?

Just Another Day at the Office

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January 8, 2011

Shirt: Sparrow (Urban Outfitters)
Cutoffs: Citizens of Humanity (a gift)
Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (Nordstrom Rack)

This was just one of those days when I really didn’t want to leave the house…so, I didn’t. It has been a rough couple of days, and resisting the temptation of sweatpants and Jersey Shore consumed what little energy I had. I considered putting on something a bit fancier to cheer myself up, but in the end my laziness won and I grabbed an oversized button down and cutoffs. Feeling accomplished, I spent the day out on the porch, blogging and catching up on email. What? Your office doesn’t look like this?

When the Body and Brain Disagree

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As I’ve mentioned, my good friend Kate was recently here for a vacation, and while she was, she took about a million photos. Kate is just one of those people who constantly snaps pictures. I usually have very little tolerance for these types, but Kate has somehow managed to get away with it right from the start of our friendship. Knowing how I feel about photos, Kate was kind enough to let me preview the photos she planned to post on her blog and actually honored my objections (thanks, Kate!). As I went through her photos, I gasped at the sight of one set in particular: me…in a bikini. Had she lost her effing mind? A reply was immediately sent off, asking her just as much and begging her not to post any of those photos. She agreed but I could almost hear her Kate voice saying “Meh. I think you look hot!” I showed the picture to my boyfriend and he echoed Kate’s voice in my head. Were we looking at the same picture? It got me thinking about how I perceive myself versus how others perceive me and accepting my body and its “happy weight”. If my body is so damn happy with itself, then why aren’t I?

I’ve never been the skinny girl, and I’m quite confident to be so would require some rather unhealthy behavior. Aside from weight, there’s no fighting my body type; I have broad shoulders and wide hips. I will always be a curvy girl. Years of playing sports have given me strong legs that don’t always fit into the skinniest of skinny jeans. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who has almost been reduced to tears after unsuccessfully pulling pair after pair of jeans up past my calf!) Being active has also given me great muscle memory, allowing me to tone up quickly and without too much effort. While I’m grateful for a body often described as “healthy” or “athletic”, I’ve never really been content with my body, but try as I may, my body always settles into its so-called “happy weight” (give or taken ten pounds).

Why don’t my mind and body agree when it comes to weight? When it comes to injuries and illness, hunger and thirst, I always listen to my body. Why do I fight it when it comes to weight? As I considered this question, a few reasons quickly came to mind. The most obvious is that I’m a perfectionist; I always have been and always will be. As a perfectionist, it’s easy to pick out flaws…anything considered “imperfect”. While it may sound cliché, I know I’m not alone when I say that my perception of beauty has been conditioned by the fashion industry, and despite the recent revival of “fuller” figured models on the runway, thinner than thin is still the norm. Not to mention my athletic background engrained a competitive spirit in me from early on, and like any good competitor, I size up my competition…in this case other women. How many times have I looked at another woman and immediately noticed all the things she has that I don’t? Skinny calves, narrow hips, perkier boobs…this has to stop! And, lastly, as much as taking a break from the 9 to 5 world has done wonders for me, my chosen destination does have me wearing a bikini every day…and guess what? So is every other woman on the beach! While I have learned to dress my body type, a bikini puts all my areas of insecurity on display. There’s no hiding those hips or thighs!

So where does this leave me? Well, I’ve realized I’m a little too old to be battling insecurities. I want to move past issues that plagued me as a teenager. In order to do so, I need to accept my body and have realistic goals for myself. One of my New Year’s resolutions was adopting a consistent fitness regimen. I always feel better about myself when I’m exercising regularly. I need to start focusing on what I do have rather than what I don’t. And, I need to remind myself that life doesn’t revolve around any one thing; it’s a balance. At this point in my life, I’m just not willing to do what it would take to be on the lower end of my body’s happy weight range. One of my favorite aspects about life in Mexico is the food. There is simply no way I’m cutting back on my eating (or drinking for that matter). If that means carrying an extra five pounds, so be it. I’ll have my chili rellenos, tortilla chips, sour cream, extra cheese and beer, thank you very much.

Kate and I have gone back and forth on the topic and decided to post our feelings on body image. Here’s a peak at what Kate has to say (and head on over to Clumsy Fox to read her full post):
“Seriously, why do we see ourselves so differently than everyone else does? How do we even know if we’re right, if they’re right, or what’s right? When I was at my skinniest, I still considered myself 'chubby,' and I was frigging 100 pounds—in later years I was told I looked sickly and 'thank God' I had gained a few pounds. And I still consider myself 'chubby.' I probably always will.”

I hope this encourages a conversation here on Style by Santina, as well. Do you battle with body image issues? Does the happy weight in your mind agree with what your body deems “happy”?  Talk to me, people.

Sole Mates: Be mine.

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Jeffrey Campbell Take Two Wedges (available on Nasty Gal)
Carry Your Love Bag (available on ModCloth)
Vintage Reconstructed Mixed Metal, Pearl and Rhinestone Bib Necklace (available on Clyde’s Rebirth Etsy Shop)
Conversations Over Candlelight Dress (Available on ModCloth)

I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day, but these wedges could change all that. I was scrolling through the new shoes over on Nasty Gal when I spotted these. It was love at first sight. How perfect are they for a Valentine’s Day date? For a swoon worthy look, I’d pair them with a basic black dress (until you check out the back, of course), a statement necklace and a cute heart shaped bag.

Be mine. You? No, not you. The shoes. I want the shoes to be mine.

Bundled up (but not complaining)

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February 4, 2011

Jacket: UO (Urban Outfitters)
Sweater: Gap
Jeans: Levis (Urban Outfitters)
Scarf: Tarnish (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Dolce Vita (Urban Outfitters)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (borrowed from the boyfriend)

I know that I recently vowed to stop saying “it’s freezing” (since we all know it’s not even close to freezing here), so I will simply say this was the coolest day since I moved here in September. I woke up surprised (as well as disappointed) not to see the sun shining and reached for an extra layer before sipping my morning coffee outside on the porch. To be honest, I really thought that by noon it would warm up, but no such luck. Once the sun finally broke through the clouds, I decided it was time to stop sulking and take a walk along the beach. (A torta may or may not have been my actual motivation for leaving the house.)

When it came time to get dressed for this unusually cool day, I reached for a few of my warmest articles of clothing. (As it turns out, there wasn’t much to choose from.) I started with my oldest pair of Levis and then added this Breton stripe sweater. I knew it wouldn't stand up to the wind on the beach alone, so I layered my military jacket over it and added a scarf. Even though I would have preferred to be walking the beach in a bikini and romper, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the change in long as its not here to stay.

One part Specials, two parts Jeff Spicoli, and a heavy dose of shine

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January 30, 2011

Tank: Forever 21
Bandeau: Forever 21
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Vans (a gift)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

First things first, let’s talk about the bag. Way back when I was still living in rainy Portland and buying sunshine in the form of new shoes and handbags, I fell in love with this bag. In fact, it went on sale about a week before I left, and I actually considered buying it and immediately putting it in storage (ahem, kinda like these Coach flats, which were worn once before being stowed away). In a fleeting moment of self-restraint I decided against it. Fast forward to the last week of December when Erin came to visit…with holiday presents. I screamed when I opened my gift and saw this flashy bag. I love it. Ordinarily I plan an equally fabulous look for a debut of a new bag, but this time I went in another direction: a direction that lead me to checkerboard Vans, amigos.

Confession: I’ve worn checkerboard Vans since high school. It all started with what I affectionately refer to as my “ska stage”, which I think we can also thank for my obsession with all things black and white. When one pair dies, I inevitably end up buying a replacement pair. Granted, the last time I wore sneakers somewhere other than the gym, a friend asked if I had injured my foot, I still like to have a pair just in case. For an afternoon spent snapping photos around town followed by a few margaritas, I decided to play up the 80’s vibe of this bag with my well loved (and it shows – don’t look too close!) Vans. Never one to pass up the opportunity to wear black and white (and stripes), I layered this roomy tank top over a bright bandeau and threw on my boyfriend jeans. I finished it off with my black Ray Bans, and of course, my shiny new bag.

Is there something from your fashion past that you just can’t let go? What is it?

Sole Mates: I Love You, Mary Jane.

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I think more than anything else in my closet, I miss my shoes. It was with a heavy heart that I packed them all away (in dust bags and original boxes, of course) way back in August. To fill the void, I’ve decided to highlight a pair of shoes that make my lonely heart go a pitter-patter: enter these Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Mary Jane platforms. The sweet style is made even sweeter with a detachable bow but is perfectly balanced by the sky-high platforms heel. Sweet yet edgy? Who does that better than Chloe Sevigny?

This classic shoe could be worn with anything, but the navy color screams “nautical look, please” to me. To show off all the extra leg these shoes could give a girl, I’d pair them with short striped shorts, a billowy white tee, and a pair of floral socks. Granted the socks might take a few inches of leg away, but with towering six-inch heels, I could give a little.

*The title of this post refers to the Cypress Hill song of the same name. What can I say? I love B-Real’s voice as much now as I did in junior high.

Week in Photos: January 22 - January 29

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